How To Build An Outdoor Potty Area On Concrete
Are you planning to get pets this summer? Are you looking forward to it as a gift from some? Having a dog or other pets at home is exciting and rewarding at times. However, it can also be stressful if you don’t know how to take care of them and attend to their needs. You don’t want your pets to be messing up your carpet or always make your floor and living room smelly, don’t you? Perhaps, you don’t want to mess up the garden grass when they need to go out. One necessity to have when you take care of your pets, especially dogs, is to have a potty area where they can poop and relieve themselves.
A potty area is generally a space where you can have your pets do their “call of nature” thing. It’s an area that you can designate for your pets to poop or pee. You may think this can be irrational and less cost-efficient. You might decide to leave your pets inside, but in the long run, the smell and the damage it will do to those Bermuda Grass, not to mention the carpet, will take much of your time and money. In this topic let me discuss to you the basic ways of building a potty area on concrete that can make you and your pet’s life easier.
The materials that you’ll need are as follows:
Pebbles and pea gravels
Hollow blocks or cinder blocks
Small to medium rocks
Plywood or plyboard and plastic cover (optional)
Designs (up to your imagination)
Creating the poop area has many options depending on how you want your pets to be comfortable, and how you want them to be trained where they can poop. Some people choose between sand, pebble and pea gravel, garden soil and grass, mulch and artificial grass, or combination of these materials. Depending on your choice and the availability of the materials in your backyard and garden, you can choose any of these. You can also check your local landscaping store or suppliers for these materials for cheaper prices and if they can do the delivery for you. You can also discuss your project to get a better rate. Our choice for this project is the most recommended, which is pebble and pea gravel for proper drainage and easily collecting the poop and washing away the smell.
First, you need to designate an area in your garden or backyard for your pet’s potty area. The area should have space where they can sniff and circle too. If your pet happens to have a favorite area, that’s perfectly fine to set it as his spot. To give you an idea, the least would be 3 x 3 feet of the area, but you have to train them to do their poop and pee in this small spot. Otherwise, if you have the space to spare, give them the luxury of choosing a spot with a larger space.
You can either do the hard work of cutting through concrete if you have your tools. You can also use cinder blocks or hollow blocks, whatever is available for you to create the border for the potty area. Lay down the cinder or hollow blocks to create the border space design. You can pour medium to slightly larger rocks to fill the holes of the blocks for stability. For drainage, you can easily do this by first pouring a bucket of water and check where the water flows out. If you don’t want the direction of where it goes, you can put leverage on the potty area using plywood or plyboard, with slight leverage at the bottom, and cover it with plastic giving a slight allowance at the sides to set where the water should flow to. Make sure to do this with a tight space between the border blocks and the plywood to avoid water from coming out in any direction.
Afterward, you can directly pour the pebbles first and then pea gravel or have small rocks first then the pebbles and pea gravel for better drainage. Just make sure to leave a few centimeters to an inch from the top of the hollow block for these small pieces to not easily be scattered around out of the potty area. You can then lay down other materials and designs to your imagination like pictures or signs. Your pets do know how comfort feels. And if you feel comfortable in the work you’ve done I’m sure your pets will do too.